United States Postal Service increases shipping rates to rural communities

The United States Postal Service has increased shipping rates nationwide.

This increase to bypass mail sent to rural communities by air carriers will increase the cost of shipping items to many of Alaska's remote villages.

The increase of 6.75 percent to bypass mail and eliminating of parcel post will have the greatest effect on the customers.

Standard Post will now be used in place of parcel post and could cost much more depending on the pounds placed in the packages.

Senator Mark Begich sent the United States Postmaster General a letter expressing his anger over the lack of notice before the changes were implemented.

Senator Murkowski also commented on the increase stating, that it's important for the USPS to quote, "ensure Alaskans continue to have access to both efficient and affordable mail service."